Planning a move can feel incredibly overwhelming. Finding a mover, packing all your things, and unpacking and getting settled in your new place is a massive undertaking, and letting things fall through the cracks can result in unnecessary stress. Review at this helpful checklist to make sure everything gets done on time.
Two months before
Now is the time to start preparing to make your move easier. Go ahead and:
- Sort and downsize. Go through all your belongings and sort them according to those you’d like to keep and what you no longer need.
- Research moving companies. Request a free estimate from Network Moving and get an idea of your options.
- Have school records transferred. Ask your children’s school to send their records to their new school district.
- Put together a moving binder. Designate a binder to help you keep everything organized, including receipts, estimates, and a packing inventory.
Six weeks before
This week, it’s time to start actively gathering supplies and getting things done.
- Obtain supplies. Order or collect any packing supplies you need such as boxes, tape, markers, and bubble wrap.
- Use it up. Try to use up things you already have so you don’t have to transport more than necessary – think cleaning supplies and perishable foods.
- Take measurements. If you can, check the dimensions in your new home to make sure all the furniture you’re bringing will fit.
Four weeks before
It’s getting real – time to start packing.
- Confirm arrangements with your mover.
- Start packing. You can pack things you infrequently use, such as games, little-used appliances, and holiday supplies.
- Label every box. Your move will go much more smoothly if you label each box with its contents and the room where it belongs.
- Pack valuables separately. Place items such as jewelry and important documents in a separate box for you to transport yourself.
- Complete a change of address form at your local post office.
Two weeks before
- Secure time off work to complete your move, if needed.
- Clean out your safe-deposit box if you’re changing banks.
- Confirm arrangements with the moving company again.
One week before
- Refill any prescriptions you’ll need for the next few weeks.
- Pack anything you don’t use daily. Leave out enough clothes and other supplies for the week.
A few days before
You’re in the last few days of the process – unfortunately, they are some of the most hectic. Stay organized by:
- Defrosting the freezer, if you’ll be moving your refrigerator.
- Reconfirm the arrival time and other specifics with the moving company.
- Finish all packing, setting aside a few days’ worth of clothing and personal items for each person in the family.
It’s finally here! There’s a lot left to do, but right now, you only need to focus on getting everything and everyone from point A to point B.
- Verify that the moving truck that arrives is from the right company. You can compare the USDOT number on the truck to the one on the estimate you received; also check the logo on the truck.
- Verify and sign the inventory list and keep a copy for yourself.